Workshop rental rates

To have a workshop is a great asset not only to me who works almost daily in my pottery, but also to others. Now the pottery workshop can be hired by you at those times I am not using it myself.

I do think there are quite a few who have been at one or the other course and would like nothing better then to continue. To buy all the equipment and materials can be a costly affair if one wants to work in clay only now and then.

When one hires my place one has all the tools and not only this but also a service of after care. As all those know, who work with clay, clay needs it’s time to try and sometimes there is also a request to add a handle to a thrown pot. Something which cannot be done the following week but more often the next day.

As mentioned at Kus Krukmakeri you can hire the workshop ( see: prsier till vertstadsanvädning ) . However you need to have some experience and work independently. The first time you might prefer to book an individual lesson to refresh your skill. Just this has recently been booked by a enthusiastic hobby potter and now the same person uses the workshop about once a week ( the three hour slot ).

The workshop  can be used by you at times when I don’t work myself there. That can be weekends or evenings or at times even weekdays. Ring 0739141331  or mail me at  kuskrukmakeri@gmail.com  to find out when the workshop is available.

This possibility is ideal for those who have already some prior knowledge from attending courses  but have no own workshop and love to work in ceramics without entering another course. In fact you can only book the workshop with some basic ceramic knowledge.

When  you book the workshop for the first time I will meet you to discuss with you the possibilities and show you around. The first time I would recommend you to book a private tuition.

The prices are as follows:

3 hours  cost                  250 KR

A whole day cost           500 KR

Private tuition               450 KR/Hour

1 kg clay           25 KR (white), 30 KR (red)

10 kg clay       170 KR (white), 220 KR (red)

 

If you like that your work will be fired then the following prices are charged. Please note that you pay either for the unfired use of the clay or for a fired piece of work. You do not pay twice. Sometimes you might  model a sculpture which cannot be fired.Or you make something which needs not to be fired. In which case you pay for the clay only. Sometimes you would like to have your piece only once fired e.g. bisque fired, then you pay the price for a bisque fired item. And sometimes you like to have your work glazed, in which case you pay for a glazed fired item.

Bisque fired per item or per kilo: 40 KR

Glaze fired per item or per kilo:   70 KR

Last not least: Perhaps you are very industrious and you produce a kiln full of work, in which case the costs are

250 KR for a bisque firing

320 KR for a glaze firing

Hope to see you and that you enjoy this possibility

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Temakvällar

 

TEMAKVÄLLAR 2015

 

Är du intresserad av att vara med på temakvällar på Kus Krukmakeri?

Du undrar kanske vad temakvällar innebär?

Iden är att vi träffas omkring ett tema och fördjupar oss kring detta. Vi samtalar och gestaltar temat i lera.  Kvällen börjar med en gemensam soppa klockan 17.30.  Jag förbereder soppan och även bröd.  Under tiden vi äter har vi tid att prata runt temat. Sen går vi till verkstaden och gestaltar vårt tema i lera. Kvällen avslutas inte senare än 20.30.

Tanken är att om det finns intresse ska jag planera temakvällar en gång i månaden här på Kus Krukmakeri.

Kostnader att delta är 100 kr per kväll.

Var snäll och anmäl dig innan / begränsat antal.

Datum och tema:

onsdag 25 februari 2015:  Hjärta och kärlek

onsdag 18 mars 2015 :       Frestelse och utmaningar

onsdag 22 april 2015:       Liv och död

Känn dig välkommen

Norbert

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A selection of courses you can choose

 

 A range of pottery courses  you can choose from to deepen your understanding, to learn something new or just for the joy of it

 

You can book a minimum of 2hrs and a maximum of one week.

You can choose individual tuition or book as a group (max. 5 people). In the summer time and weather permitting the maximum number of participants can be 8.

You can choose activities for children. (Must be accompanied by adults)

Activities you can choose are:

  • Throwing
  • Sculpturing
  • Making pots in different techniques other then throwing
  • Paper clay making and its creative possibilities
  • Plaster mould making and the use of plaster moulds
  • Children and clay
  • Children workshops
  • Basic glaze science
  • Alternative kilns
  • Paperkiln
  • Clay and theater
  • All about slips ( Engobe)

Prices are from  640 Swedish Krona for a two hour session, between 1900 KR and 2800 KR for a thee day cours to 4000 KR for a weeks course.

Individual tuition is 320 KR an hour.

Materials are charged extra (however clay which can be recycled and reused is free). Coffee/Tea breaks included.

Overnight stay is a possibility.

Contact: Norbert Kus

mob.0046(0)739141331

mail: kuskrukmakeri@gmail.com

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Summer course

 

SUMMER WORKSHOP I / 2014

3rd,4th, 5th and 6th July

 

 

CLAY, PAPER AND FIRE

 

Clay, paper and fire. What unites them?

Clay and fire hardly needs any explanation. After all without fire clay would never lead to durable and useful products. That paper however can add strength to clay and that with paper one can build a kiln shall be the focus of this summer workshop.

Together we will model and built: animals, figures, dragons, pots, bowls, vases, necklaces……

And we will build a paper kiln.

In this kiln we will fire some of our work.

When the kiln has cooled down comes the exciting moment. Have all our creations survived the firing?

Always a surprise!

Adults and children (not too young) are welcome.

Activities will be held in the workshop and in the grounds of Kus Krukmakeri.

I speak both German and Swedish.

 

Price: 1800 kr (includes all materials and tea/coffee breaks)

 

Booking information: Tel: 0046 (0)739141331

Email: kuskrukmakeri@gmail.com

 

Address: Kus Krukmakeri, Karlskronavägen 40, Torsås, Kalmar län, Sweden

 

NEW: Now it is even possible to stay overnight. Contact us for more details.

 

 

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Last years kiln and it’s fired contents

 

 

 

 

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Slipware/Schlickerware/Bauernkeramik/Engobedekorerat assiett

Children's sideplate

 

This is another picture of a slip-decorated article. In this case a side-plate thrown in red earthenware clay coated with white slip and painted in different colored engobes with a slip-trailer.

Remember slip is liquid  white clay which can be colored. Engobe is another name for slip.

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Did you know

Did you know that I hold also a Diploma in Health Sciences (Learning Disability) from the Ulster University as well as having studied Curative Education and Social Therapy at Camphill Northern Ireland.

In other words I am qualified to work with people who have a learning disability. In fact I have more then 35 years experience.

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Slipware/ Schlickerware/ Bauernkeramik/Engobedekorerat Bruksföremål

Slipware is the name of hand thrown pottery decorated with colorful slips and glazed with a transparent shiny glaze.

This method is one of my favorites. I love using colorful clay over red fired clay. Slip is also known as engobe and is a white or colored clay in liquid form. However it is not a casting slip, that is something else. Slip is often used to coat red firing clay. Originally to lighten the appearance of the ceramic ware, to make the pot more noble one could say. It was mostly used on earthen ware , low fired and glazed at that time with a lead-glaze. The slip could coat the whole pot or only part of it, either on the inside or the outside. Decoration was done with a slip trailer which gives the characteristic appearance of the patterns or drawings. It has also  often been  associated with what is known in Germany as ”Bauernkeramik”, which translates as farmer’s pottery.

As mentioned it is one of my favorite way of finishing a thrown pot, even so it is very time consuming. Much more so then glazing simply on a white firing stoneware. It needs specially much care between the thrown stage and the dry stage. For it is then the slip is applied. I often coat the inside of my cups, bowls and jugs with a white firing slip and the outside with a white or colored slip, which I then decorate with a slip-trailer. Again in white or in a color.

What I like specially about this finish is the depth of colors, the tactility of the decoration, the spontaneity of line, the contrast in colors, the shine of the finished glaze ( no longer a lead-glaze, of course ) , the contrast between glaze and clay, the earthy nearness.

Slipware/Schlikerware/Bauernkeramik/Engoberad Bruksföremål

Red stoneware clay covered with a white engobe and decorated in blue engobe with a slip-trailer. Glazed with a transparent glaze and fired to 1250 oC. The red clay is left without glaze to enhance contrast between gloss and matt.

Schlickerware/BAUERNKERAMIK/Slipware/Engobedekorerat muggar

Mugs thrown in red stonware, slipped inside with a white engobe. Covered outside with a blue, white or green engobe. Decorated with slip-trailer. Transparent glaze over.

Schlickerware/Bauernkeramik/Slipware/Engobedekorerat Bruksföremål

Juice set in red stoneware. Inside white engobe. Outside blue with white engobe decoration done with a slip-trailer. Clear transparent glaze. Fired at 1250 oC

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Surdegsskål/Sourdough bowl/ Sauerteigschale

Often I am asked what is a sourdough bowl? How does it work?

Well those of you who make their own sourdough bread most likely keep the sourdough culture in a jar which is kept in the fridge. The next time you want to make some bread you take your culture and add this culture to your dough. Then when you make your loaves you take a small bit from your dough return this to your jar and back into the fridge. Once your culture is in the fridge you will have to take care that it does not get bad. You might have to feed the culture, or whatever else you do, to keep it alive. This might be a daily task and when you go on holidays you have got a problem. Your culture needs attention and you cannot give it. So you either choose to leave the culture with a friend or a sourdough culture hotel or you just start a new culture when you come back home.

NOW: the above bowl makes this constant care for your culture obsolete. You have made your culture and your first dough. At the moment you make your loaves you leave a bit of the sourdough in the bowl. You do not wash the bowl, you just leave a few bits of sourdough in the bowl and you cover the bowl with a linen cloth, e.g a tea towel. You leave the bowl in a place in the kitchen,it looks lovely there. And when you need to make some more bread you warm a little water ( lukewarm ), add to the now dry crumbs and leave it overnight. During the night the culture becomes alive and you can add more flour and water to make a dough. It usually takes one more night and your sourdough is ready to be formed into loaves. And the process begins again.

You can leave the dry bits of dough as long as you like.You can go on holidays or business trips knowing that you culture is safe. It will become alive as soon as lukewarm water is added.

The bowl is thrown on the potters wheel with red stoneware clay, covered on the outside with green or blue slip ( engobe ) , decorated  with a slip trailer and glazed on the outside only. The bowl is unglazed inside. Because of this the bowl absorbs the sourdough bacteria needed for sourdough bread making.

Surdegsskål, Sauerteigschale,

Bowl for making sourdough

The bowl comes in two sizes: 10 litre and 5 litre

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Verkstads användnig / Hire of workshop

Bowls made by students

Hire of workshop

To have a workshop is a great asset not only to me who works almost daily in my pottery, but also to others. Now the pottery workshop can be hired by you at those times I am not using it myself.

I do think there are quite a few who have been at one or the other course and would like nothing better then to continue. To buy all the equipment and materials can be a costly affair if one wants to work in clay only now and then.

When one hires my place one has all the tools and not only this but also a service of after care. As all those know, who work with clay, clay needs it’s time to try and sometimes there is also a request to add a handle to a thrown pot. Something which cannot be done the following week but more often the next day.

As mentioned at Kus Krukmakeri you can hire the workshop ( see: prsier till vertstadsanvädning ) . However you need to have some experience and work independently. The first time you might prefer to book an individual lesson to refresh your skill. Just this has recently been booked by a enthusiastic hobby potter and now the same person uses the workshop about once a week ( the three hour slot ).

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Children’s tableware

Children's tabelware

Children’s tableware

How lovely, just got once again an order for some children’s tableware. This tableware has been designed when I had small children and that is now quite a while ago.

For at time it was very popular especially in Northern Ireland where I had my workshop for many years. The workshop was then called Pinewood Pottery.

Just got recently reminded that in 2000 I had an order from a mail-order firm in Japan. There name is Felissimo. They didn’t order children’s tableware but cereal bowls thrown in red clay covered in colorful slips and decorated with a slip trailer.We had to make 3000 of those.It was quite a challenge, one we enjoyed.

Slipware to this day is one of my favorites methods to make table ware. By the way the sourdough bowl is red clay decorated that way.

 

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